Liner Notes

WMOT Liner Notes is a place for music lovers to catch up on album releases, live video streams and behind the scenes news. 

Devon Eloise

Chicago bred, Nashville based Doug Hoekstra is a poet, songwriter, musician, published author and a father, who stepped away from it all to spend time raising his son, write, teach and work for a non-profit. With eight albums and three books earning Independent Publisher Award, Pushcart Prize, Nashville Music Award, and Independent Music Award nominations, he’s back with a new album and book. The Day Deserved is the kind of record that draws you back again and again, and with each listen comes a new discovery in the stories he sings.

Debbie Ewing

Well known in the contemporary Christian music world as the front man and founding member of Dove Award-winning group Tenth Avenue North, Mike Donehey ventures into a secular sound with a spiritual message on his new ep, A Father and Two Sons. He takes the tale of The Prodigal Son and presents these three songs from the perspective of each of the people involved. I asked Mike about the concept of presenting the parable this way and how his sister’s group, The Lone Bellow inspired him in part to release this music.

Laura Schneider

Ohio native Megan Palmer arrived in Nashville seven years ago and it wasn’t long before she was one of the East Nashville music community’s in demand musicians, known for violin, guitar, keys and vocals. I first became aware of her talents a few years back when she played violin and sang on one of Tim Easton’s annual Bob Dylan covers for Nashville non-profit SAFPAW - The Southern Alliance For People and Animal Welfare.

David McClister

Southern California native, Brigitte DeMeyer has been steadily releasing albums every few years for twenty years now and her latest, Seeker is a collection of ten songs showcasing her unique soulful, jazz meets blues vocal style along with exceptional songwriting and sparse, groove-filled arrangements. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, Seeker is a laid back, swampy and spicy joy to get lost in. Bassist Chris Wood said, “It’s Bob Dylan meets Sly Stone.” I would say spot on with a dash of Rickie Lee Jones too! 

Alan Messer

My friend and colleague Craig Havighurst recently alerted me to an artist I wasn’t familiar with and I’m so glad he did! Conrad Fisher is back home in Pennsylvania now after writing and recording for a few years here in Nashville, where he’d caught the attention of Americana Lifetime Achievement producer Jim Rooney (John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Nancy Griffth, Hal Ketchum). Conrad’s writing takes me back to the classic country songs I grew up on with a sort of stripped down presentation of them on his album, Homemade released earlier this year.